This talk highlights creolization as a creative social practice that manifests itself in, among other things, linguistic creativity. Professor Ansaldo traces the history of colonization of the Cocos-Keeling Islands and describe how migration led to the establishment of a Malay settlement and the development of the Cocos Malay language. He also looks at material and cultural creativity in the community, and reflects on identity and belonging.
Professor Umberto Ansaldo is Head of School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. He was previously the Head of the School of Literature, Art and Media at the University of Sydney and the Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong.
Umberto’s disciplinary roots are in linguistics, most specifically in the study of language contact, linguistic typology, and language documentation. He has conducted linguistic fieldwork in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia, including Sri Lanka, the Cocos-Keeling Islands, and Christmas Island. He is the author of four books to date, has edited or co-edited a further 11 volumes and journal special collections, and has authored multiple journal articles and book chapters. His most recent work is the The Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages (2021), co-edited with Miriam Meyerhoff (Wellington/ Oxford).